Train your Brain


More than one third of patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) who enroll in treatment have cognitive impairments. Cognitive disorders influence the treatment outcome, predict drop-out and increase the risk of relapse. Training and thereby improving cognitive functions could therefore contribute to a more positive and long-term effect from addiction treatment.

Research aims

This project investigates the application of serious games as care innovation in addiction treatment. The serious game focuses on improving cognitive functions. Two National Health Services approved mobile phone applications (apps) are deployed: MyCognition Quotient (MyCQ)(Assessment): an app that tests cognitive functions, and AquaSnap (Training), an app that trains the cognitive functions based on the test results from MyCQ.

The research is a collaboration between the Academic Workplace Addiction of Arkin/Jellinek TOPGGz) and Amsterdam UMC (Psychiatry Department).